Emma McBride, MA

Emma McBride is in the process of completing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Rowan University. She is currently doing a one-year externship at the Center for Growth as part of her doctoral training. She works with individuals (adults and adolescents), couples, and groups. 

Emma uses a collaborative approach to build a warm and safe relationship with her clients. She works primarily from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive-behavioral (CBT), and systems perspectives to help clients feel more open, centered, engaged, and connected in their lives. Emma is also a meditation instructor and long-time practitioner. She enjoys integrating mindfulness into her work to help clients find ways of becoming calm and focused, soothe painful emotions, and explore the spiritual aspects of their lives.

Emma has a particular interest in working with folks who have experienced trauma, which can include isolated traumatic events, chronic trauma in families or romantic relationships, and/or cultural trauma related to one’s identity (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation). Emma also has specific experience working with LGBTQIA+ clients seeking support around gender identity, sexual orientation, and coming out. Regardless of what is bringing you to therapy, many of Emma’s clients are also encouraged to build coping skills they can quickly and effectively apply to the rest of their lives. These can include mindfulness practice, thought records, self-compassion practice, relaxation, and behavior change exercises. 

Outside of her work at the Center for Growth, Emma is completing research on mindfulness, stress, and health at Rowan University. Her academic work focuses on the ways meditation practice may change how our bodies react to stress, as well as adapting mindfulness-based groups for individuals facing loss and chronic illness. When she is not at the Center or doing research, Emma spends her time teaching meditation at Cooper Medical School, planting veggies at her community garden, and hanging out with her partner and two cats.

Emma McBride, MA's Resume

NPI: 1477179406


  • Pennsylvania: Working Towards Doctoral Degree
  • New Jersey: Working Towards Doctoral Degree
  • Virginia: Working Towards Doctoral Degree

Emma McBride, MA’s Latest TIPs:

Who Am I?
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Who Am I?

Self-as-Context in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

The atoms that make up your body are constantly changing. The matter that makes it possible for you to think … Read More

Committed Action
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“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

- Annie Dillard

The quotation above is both hopeful and daunting: how you live, today, right now … Read More

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Most of the time, we go to therapy because we’re trying to get rid of something. You may struggle with recurring depression, panic attacks, intrusive thoughts, relationship issues, insomnia, or … Read More

Managing Negative Thoughts
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We all have thoughts. We couldn’t survive without thinking, but that doesn’t mean it’s always pleasant. Sometimes our minds race and keep us up at night. Other times we have … Read More

Trouble Sleeping?
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Having trouble sleeping is an incredibly common experience. If you have been having frequent and severe trouble sleeping, you might be experiencing insomnia. A clinical diagnosis of insomnia means that … Read More